1896

"Oriental America" became the first Broadway production by an all Black company.

1900

"Lift Evíry Voice and Sing," written by James Weldon Johnson and his brother, became the Black national anthem after being performed by a group of school children celebrating Lincolnís birthday.

1902

Gertrude ("Ma") Rainey was the first Black to sing blues in a professional show.

1905

Although considered derogatory, "The Wooing and Wedding of Coon" was the earliest known American-made film with an all Black cast.

1909

Composer, band leader, coronet player and publisher William Christopher ("W. C.") Handy composed the first written blues composition, called "Memphis Blues."

1910

George Herriman became the first Black to achieve fame as a syndicated cartoonist.

1912

A comedy, "The Railroad Porter" directed by Bill Foster, became the first film directed by a Black man.

1915

Hattie McDaniel is thought to be the first Black woman to sing on radio.

Jazz composer Jelly Roll Morton produced "Jelly Roll Blues," the first published jazz arrangement.

1918

Oscar Micheaux produced the first full length Black film, "Birthright."

 

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February 2001